Dr Sean Hudson MBE shares the love about the Jungle Medicine course in Costa Rica
‘It’s humid, hot, muddy and sometimes cold at night, but it’s exactly this which makes the beautiful elements of the jungle just that bit more fantastic. Hidden waterfalls, incredible rivers, primary rainforest and then of course the chance of seeing elusive wildlife, jaguars, jaguarondis, monkeys and the plethora of ants, scorpions, spiders and snakes. The Jungle Medicine course is based on the Pacuare River, four hours by raft into the jungle.
The base camp has all the luxuries you don’t expect, with even a raised lecture theatre looking over the river. Expect to work hard in the jungle during the day, getting used to travel and life in the jungle and then relax in comfy chairs listening to a few evening lectures. Towards the end of the week you will have the opportunity to trial your new skills and travel into the jungle, sleeping in hammocks, cooking on fires and navigating through the jungle.
The directing staff will guide you through all of this and allow you to work and learn at your own speed, allowing you to feel safe and gain the most out of your experience and this incredible adventure. This course aims to give you the confidence to look after yourself in the jungle, hence allowing you to focus on the care of a sick patient.
The Jungle Medicine course aims to equip doctors, nurses and paramedics with practical survival skills, an overview of tropical medicine, logistical knowledge and pre-hospital skills required on a jungle expedition.
This action-packed course kicks off by rafting into camp before running through essential information you’ll need for the days ahead.
Splitting the course into practical and theory based elements gives us an opportunity to vary teaching methods and importantly, gets you hands on ‘learning by doing’. You’ll adapt basic navigation and camp craft skills for use in the complex jungle environment, we’ll discuss the common conditions found in jungle environments and learn how to treat this conditions in such a challenging location.
Accreditation will be offered through the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. We estimate 30 hours of CPD will be awarded for the complete course.
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